a disturbance of the normal condition of the atmosphere, manifesting itself by winds of unusual force or direction, often accompanied by rain, snow, hail, thunder, and lightning, or flying sand or dust.
a heavy fall of rain, snow, or hail, or a violent outbreak of thunder and lightning, unaccompanied by strong winds.
Also called violent storm. Meteorology. a wind of 64–72 miles per hour (29–32 m/sec).
a violent military assault on a fortified place, strong position, or the like.
a heavy or sudden volley or discharge: a storm of criticism; a storm of bullets.
a violent disturbance of affairs, as a civil, political, social, or domestic commotion.
a violent outburst or outbreak of expression: a storm of applause.
Informal. storm window.
verb (used without object)
(of the wind or weather) to blow with unusual force, or to rain, snow, hail, etc., especially with violence (usually used impersonally with it as subject): It stormed all day.
to rage or complain with violence or fury: He stormed angrily at me.
to deliver a violent attack or fire, as with artillery: The troops stormed against the garrison.
to rush to an assault or attack: The tanks stormed towards the city.
to rush angrily: to storm out of a room.
verb (used with object)
to subject to or as if to a storm: The salesman stormed them with offers.
to utter or say with angry vehemence: The strikers stormed their demands.
to attack or assault (persons, places, or things): to storm a fortress.
storm in a teacup. teacup ( def 3 ).

before 900; (noun) Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch storm, German Sturm, Old Norse stormr; (v.) Middle English stormen, derivative of the noun (compare obsolete sturme, Middle English sturmen, Old English styrman, denominative v. from the same Germanic base as storm); akin to stir1

stormlike, adjective
outstorm, verb (used with object)
unstormed, adjective

1. gale, hurricane, tempest, tornado, cyclone, squall, wind, blizzard. Unabridged


Theodore Woldsen [tey-aw-dawr vawlt-suhn] , 1817–88, German poet and novelist. Unabridged
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storm (stɔːm)
1.  a.  a violent weather condition of strong winds, rain, hail, thunder, lightning, blowing sand, snow, etc
 b.  (as modifier): storm signal; storm sail
 c.  (in combination): stormproof
2.  meteorol a violent gale of force 10 on the Beaufort scale reaching speeds of 55 to 63 mph
3.  a strong or violent reaction: a storm of protest
4.  a direct assault on a stronghold
5.  a heavy discharge or rain, as of bullets or missiles
6.  short for storm window
7.  (Brit) storm in a teacup US equivalent: tempest in a teapot a violent fuss or disturbance over a trivial matter
8.  take by storm
 a.  to capture or overrun by a violent assault
 b.  to overwhelm and enthral
9.  to attack or capture (something) suddenly and violently
10.  (intr) to be vociferously angry
11.  (intr) to move or rush violently or angrily
12.  (intr; with it as subject) to rain, hail, or snow hard and be very windy, often with thunder or lightning
[Old English, related to Old Norse stormr, German Sturm; see stir1]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. storm, from P.Gmc. *sturmaz (cf. O.N. stormr, O.S., M.L.G., M.Du., Du. storm, O.H.G., Ger. sturm). O.Fr. estour "onset, tumult," It. stormo are Gmc. loan-words. Fig. (non-meteorological) sense was in late O.E. The verb in the sense of "to rage, be violent" is from c.1380; military sense (1645)
first used by Oliver Cromwell. Storm-door first recorded 1878; storm-water is from 1879; storm-window is attested from 1824. Storm-troops (Ger. sturmtruppen) is from 1917, introduced by the German military in World War I. Storm-trooper "member of the Nazi Sturmabteilung" is from 1933 (see Sturmabteilung).
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Medical Dictionary

storm (stôrm)
An exacerbation of symptoms or a crisis in the course of a disease.

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Science Dictionary
storm   (stôrm)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. A low-pressure atmospheric disturbance resulting in strong winds accompanied by rain, snow, or other precipitation and often by thunder and lightning.

  2. A wind with a speed from 103 to 117 km (64 to 73 mi) per hour, rating 11 on the Beaufort scale.

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Computing Dictionary

storm definition

broadcast storm

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Idioms & Phrases


see any port in a storm; kick up a fuss (storm); ride out (the storm); take by storm; weather the storm.

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violent atmospheric disturbance, characterized by low barometric pressure, cloud cover, precipitation, strong winds, and possibly lightning and thunder.

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Example sentences for storm
The storm is conjured by prospero as his enemies near the isle.
The tale of a storm and snow is false the day was calm and mild.
Instead of curving out to sea, the storm looped westward into the gulf of st.
The fleet was caught in a storm, and the sea venture was separated and began to
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